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Enchanted pearls bracelet

Pearl components embellished with different sizes of seed beads make up this feminine bracelet that’s sure to win you over. 

 
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MATERIALS
cream bracelet 8½ in. (21.6 cm)

  • 128 4 mm pearls (Swarovski, cream rose)
  • 3 g 6/0 seed beads (Toho 502, higher metallic amethyst)
  • 2 g 8/0 seed beads (Toho Y182, mossy green hybrid opaque gold luster)
  • 11/0 seed beads
    • 5 g color A (Miyuki 4206, Duracoat muscat)
    • 1 g color B (Miyuki 591, ivory pearl Ceylon)
  • 1 toggle clasp
  • Fireline, 6 lb. test
  • beading needles, #11 or #12

gray bracelet colors

  • 4 mm pearls (Preciosa 608, dark gray)
  • 6/0 seed beads (Preciosa 954-ME, silk dark gold, and Miyuki 401, black)
  • 8/0 seed beads (Preciosa 150, opaque bone, and Miyuki 458, metallic brown iris)
  • 11/0 seed beads
    • color A (Miyuki 485, metallic brown iris)
    • color B (Miyuki 131F, matte transparent crystal)

gold bracelet colors

  • 4 mm fire-polished beads (Czech, matte metallic gold)
  • 6/0 seed beads (Miyuki 4212, Duracoat dark berry)
  • 8/0 seed beads (Miyuki 460, metallic dark raspberry) 
  • 11/0 seed beads
    • color A (Miyuki 1052, galvanized dark gold and Miyuki 462, metallic gold iris)
    • color B (Miyuki 2022, matte opaque antique beige)
Tip!

Change the look
Czech fire-polished beads can be substituted for pearls as shown in the gold bracelet.

 

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Figure 1
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Figure 2

First component
1. On 4 ft. (1.2 m) of thread, pick up a repeating pattern of a color A 11/0 seed bead and a 4 mm pearl six times, leaving a 6-in. (15 cm) tail. Sew through the beads again to form a ring, tie a square knot with the working thread and tail, and continue through the next A. 

2. Pick up a pearl, an A, and a pearl, and sew through the next A (FIGURE 1, a–b). Repeat this stitch five times to complete the round (b–c)

3. Pick up an A, a 6/0 seed bead, an A, and a color B 11/0 seed bead, sew back through the second A and 6/0 just added, and snug up the beads. Pick up an A, and sew through the A your thread exited at start of this step, going in the same direction (FIGURE 2, a–b). Continue through the next pearl and A in the inside ring (b–c). Repeat these stitches five times to complete the round (c–d).

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Figure 3
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Figure 4

4. Sew through the next A, 6/0, A, and B (FIGURE 3, a–b), and continue through the remaining five center Bs to form a ring. Retrace the thread path through the ring to tighten, exiting the first B your thread exited in the ring (b–c). Continue back through the same A, 6/0, and A (c–d)

5. Pick up an A, an 8/0 seed bead, and an A, and sew through the first A in the next pair of As with the needle pointing toward the center of the component. Continue through the adjacent A in the same pair with the needle pointing toward the outside of the component (FIGURE 4, a–b). Using a tight tension, repeat these stitches five times to complete the round (b–c). Sew through the A directly adjacent to the last pair and the following pearl as shown (c–d).

6. Pick up three As, and sew through the next two pearls (d–e) to form a picot. Repeat this stitch five times to complete the round, and continue through the first two As added in this round (e–f). End the tail.

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Figure 5
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Figure 6

Connector
1. Pick up a repeating pattern of a pearl and an A three times, and then pick up a pearl. Sew through the A your thread exited at the start of this step to form a ring, and retrace the thread path. Continue through the first pearl and A added (FIGURE 5).

2. Pick up an A, an 8/0, a 6/0, an 8/0, and an A, skip the next pearl, A, and pearl, and sew through following A (FIGURE 6, a–b). Sew back through the five beads just added and the A your thread exited at the start of this step, going in the same direction (b–c). Continue through the next three beads (c–d).

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Figure 7

3. Pick up four As, and sew through the adjacent pearl, A, and pearl (FIGURE 7, a–b). Pick up four As, and sew through the following pearl, A, pearl, and two As (b–c).

4. Pick up an A, and sew through the next seven beads (c–d). Pick up an A, and sew through the following two As (d–e). End the working thread.

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Figure 8

Remaining components
1. Repeat steps 1–5 of “First component.”

2. Work as in step 6 of “First component” to add two picots (FIGURE 8 a–b). Work the next picot as follows: Pick up an A, and sew through the side A of a connector. Pick up an A, and sew through the next two pearls (b–c). Continue to add three more picots as before to complete the round (c–d). Retrace the thread path, exiting the center A in the picot across from the connection point (d–e).

3. Repeat steps 1–4 of  “Connector.”

4. Continue to work components and connectors for the desired length, ending with a component. Do not end the working thread on the last component. Our 8½-in. (21.6 cm) bracelet has six components and five connectors.

Clasp
1. With the working thread from the last component, exit a center A in the picot across from the connection point. Pick up three As, the loop of a clasp, and three As, and sew through the A your thread exited at the start of this step. Retrace the thread path several times, and end the working thread and tail.

2. Add 12 in. (30 cm) of thread to the component on the other end of the bracelet, and repeat step 1 to add the other half of the clasp.

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